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Friday, October 28, 2016

The South Dakota Republican Party was very productive this weekend: Its delegates spent their annual convention passing a resolution that called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama… as if that’s a resolution that will actually end up passing in the U.S. House and will benefit South Dakotans at all.

The state’s delegates see it as their “duty” to ask the House to impeach Obama. The resolution, obtained by the Argus Leader, accuses President Obama of violating “his oath of office in numerous ways.” These include negotiating the release of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, the EPA’s regulations on greenhouse gas emissions — which apparently “threaten the security of the great people of this nation” — and President Obama’s promise to the American people that they could keep their doctors and insurance companies under his health care reform law.

Allen Unruh, who sponsored the resolution, told the Argus Leader, “I’ve got a thick book on impeachable offenses of the president.”

He views the resolution as a “symbolic message that liberty should be the law of the land.”

Not everyone agreed with the resolution, even among those who don’t support Obama. Delegate Larry Eliason told the Argus Leader that he opposed impeaching Obama even though “the only thing [Obama]’s done the last six years that I approve of is when he adopted a pet.”

The delegates at the convention voted 191-176 in favor of the resolution, but South Dakota’s only representative in the House, Kristi Noem (R), doesn’t think that impeachment is the “best way” to hold Obama “accountable” for his actions.

South Dakota’s delegates are unfortunately not the only elected representatives who plan to serve their constituents by calling to impeach the president.

Last week, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) said that the House “probably could” impeach Obama, and accused him of “breaking the laws” and “bypassing the laws” when he signed an executive order for deferred action for young immigrants.

AFP Photo/Jim Watson

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  • EriktheRed

    Please proceed, wingnts.

    • Dominick Vila

      Republicans are still in denial, and cannot believe that a plurality of Americans elected and re-elected President Obama. They cannot believe that most of us support his agenda and his vision. This circumstance should not surprise anyone. The only recourse for a party with a record like the GOP’s, and a party without a vision or viable ideas, is to attack their opponents and, in the process, make fools of themselves.
      Impeach! Impeach! 48% of continuous economic growth, dropping unemployment, house prices going up, bankruptcies and foreclosures down to normal levels, the DOW up by 10,000 points since Obama was Inaugurated, effective regulation in place to avoid a sequel to ENRON, AIG, Bernie Maddoff and all the other examples of fraud that took place when Republicans controlled the White House, corporations posting record profits and hiring, fantastic mortgage refinance opportunities, help to needy students, the USA out of Iraq and getting ready to leave Afghanistan, OBL dead, no foreign terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, a dramatic reduction in the number of attacks against U.S. diplomatic facilities and interests, ending torture, and all the other achievements made during the last five years mean absolutely nothing to a party whose agenda was – and apparently remains – focused on the destruction of the USA and what our country stands for.

      • FireBaron

        C’mon, Dom. You know Republicans have never allowed facts to cloud their judgement!

      • Both parties are destroying our country, but the e changing this country into a communist state that would make Stalin and Lenin envious.

        • Sand_Cat

          Well, you don’t have to see it in your current state, though if you shove your head up your ass much further, you may catch glimpses through your mouth.

        • EriktheRed

          Get a clue, wingnut.

          • I have a clue. Maybe you should look further than just what you are being told by the liberals?

          • Sand_Cat

            Maybe you should look further than just what you are being told by the lunatics.

          • mah101

            No, you really don’t have a clue.

        • Faraday_Cat

          I hope you have examples that are fact-based, because from where I sit, the country is just slightly less “communist” than it was right after the Patriot Act passed the first time. (and it wasn’t very communist at that time, either)

        • mah101

          Ignorance wrapped in stupidity and fed with a pack of lies.

          Ok, please 1) define communism and its social and economic structures and foundations; 2) list no fewer than two acts that the administration has done that are inconsistent with a representative democracy and the past history of governance in this country and that move us towards communism; 3) with examples, illustrate the differences between Lenin, Stalin, Marx and Engels in their perspectives toward society, the state, and economics.

          Now, after you’ve done that, please realize just how far up your posterior orifice your cranium is currently lodged.

          • neeceoooo

            Love your response

          • mah101

            Thank you, I was feeling snarky.

  • Sand_Cat

    A ‘bookful” of impeachable offenses, huh?

    Has it been colored yet? I guess that would be a waste, as all these morons know how to do is scribble nonsense.

    • Daniel Jones

      Oh, they don’t like a colored President.
      (Sorry, but you left that one wide open.)

  • Dominick Vila

    What passes for impeachable offenses among some brain-dead Republicans, is considered remarkable achievements by most Americans. Negotiating the release of an American prisoner is consistent with what every President has done since we became a Republic. We owe the people of South Dakota a Thank You note for reminding the American people how devoid of patriotism Republicans are. Protecting the environment is only offensive to those willing to destroy it for a buck. The fact that those with INDIVIDUAL insurance coverage that did not meet minimum ACA standards had to either upgrade their policy or cancel it is something for irresponsible Republicans who prefer to rely on ER freebies to deal with. 99% of Americans were able to keep their insurance policies and continue to go to the same doctors they went to before ACA became law. Those mythical Republicans who can no longer go to their old doctor should be thankful. Who wants to go to a doctor whose only priority is to charge astronomical fees for their services?

  • TZToronto

    Assume that, from now on, any Democratic President will be threatened with impeachment. That’s the GOP way.

    • mah101

      I fear you are correct. They no longer allow themselves to work across the aisle and come up with solutions, but rather sit back and snipe, obstruct, complain, and criticize. Then they will start the impeachment proceedings while patting themselves on the back for being great patriotic “muricans”.

      • TZToronto

        We all know why they want to impeach President Obama, of course. If Hillary becomes the next president, expect to hear about Whitewater, Vince Foster, concussions, big $ speaking fees, and Benghazi from Day 1. Of course, we’ll all know why they’ll want to impeach Hillary, and it’s not because she’s black.

  • Daniel Jones

    Let me boil it down:
    1) Barack Hussein Obama is black.
    2) He insists on actually being President instead of having a good puppeteer like Georgie Porgie did.
    That’s about it, really.

  • Faraday_Cat

    I wonder if the reason he hasn’t been impeached is that anyone in the house voting FOR impeachment could be impeached themselves if thier articles against the president lack any truth whatsoever. It strikes me that such a document would at least be equivalent to lying under oath, right?

    • KnoKnees

      “Lying under oath,” you mean like:
      “If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it”

      “The NSA is not abusing its power”

      “I said benghazi was a terrorist attack from the beginning.”


      • Can’t forget the IRS, VA, and Bergdahl.

        • Sand_Cat

          If the hubbub dies down on your favorite lunatic sites, sure you can.

      • mah101

        You know, I’d be inclined to listen more respectfully if you were as concerned about:
        “weapons of mass destruction”
        “axis of evil”
        “mission accomplished”

      • Sand_Cat

        I hope you’re snarking. None of these was said under oath, and at least two of them are true (his “lie” about insurance referred to the ACA while failing to consider the dishonesty and greed of the insurance industry; maybe dumb, but hardly a “high crime”). If it were a GOP president speaking, the House would definitely assert the statement about the NSA is true, which would make all three true..

    • ThomasBonsell

      Wish what you said was true, but, alas, it isn’t.

      The United States Constitution clearly states that only representatives may judge the fitness of House members and only Senators can judge the fitness of Senate members.
      That means the House can;t impeach a senator and the Senate can’t convict a representative.

      This was tried in the early git-go of the nation when the House issued impeachment papers on a senator but was told it couldn’t do that. The issue was resolved anyway when the Senate expelled this miscreant senator.

      In fact, there is no method by which the people can recall a representative or senator other than electing someone else.

  • ThomasBonsell

    The three justifications for impeachment were laid out by Alexander Hamilton in The Federalist Papers. They include offenses that are
    1) Political in nature;
    2) Involve official duties and
    3) bring harm to the nation.:
    I know not what Obama has done to reach these three requirements, but I do know that they were present in spades in George W. Bush lying us into two wars; Ronald Reagan’s criminal acts in the Iran-Contra affair and in Nixon’s Watergate subversion of the democratic process.
    Perhaps this thing is pissed because one war has ended (not well, of course), nine million jobs have been created to replace the eight million destroyed by Bush, the GDP is growing after plunging under Bush and millions of Americans have healthcare insurance for the first time. The horror of it all.